Saturday, 30 August 2014

Challenge #127 - "Its Summer Time" - Pink Gem Challenges

Good Morning Gemsters, well do you know that its only days now before they children go back to School but over on Pink Gem Challenges we are trying to keep the holidays going as long as possible with this fortnights "Its Summer Time" Challenge so I do hope that you have enjoyed the holidays with your family and have lots of ideas for this theme.
As always Janet of Pink Gem Designs is sponsoring our Challenge

http://www.pinkgemdesigns.com/catalog/
And we are so lucky to be able to choose from any of Janet's designs to create our cards and I chose this one of Andy.


And you will find him here on Pink Gem Designs website, I have printed him onto white card then used my copic pens to colour him, afterwards I cut him out completely.
The base card is a 6"x 6" white card with a first mount of blue card and the papers I have used are from Janets "Slugs and Snails" paper set and you will find them here, I used the blue for the sky and the yellow for the sand. I then used Tattered Lace's Beach Hut dies to create two of them which I have placed on the left and the right hand side, I then used Mariannes Flag Border to cut three out and placed them across the top of my card to create a festive feel to my card.
I then placed my cut out Andy at the bottom of my card in the middle, and the sentiment was googled and printed to create that in the bottom right hand corner. To finish of I placed a bucket button in the bottom left hand corner.
Now that youve seen my card I do hope you will pay a visit to the Pink Gem Challenge Blogspot and see what the rest of the very talented Design Team have created for your inspiration and hopefully you will want to take part in this "Its Summer Time" Challenge.
This Card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-
http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://creativecornerchallenges.blogspot.de/ 
http://blog.docerelashop.com/ 
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://stampingwithdragon.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://stempelsonne.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Challenge #171 - "Back to School" - The Paper Shelter

Good Morning Crafters, I hope you all enjoyed your Bank Holiday and are now back to getting the children ready to go "Back to School" next week and over on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot we want to see your cards that theme this and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
As always our Challenge is being sponsored by Veronica and Pedro of The Paper Shelter and they are offering a fabulous prize of $30. to spend on their website.

http://www.thepapershelter.com/

But as always you must have used one of their products on your card, this could be either a image, paper or printable, but even if you havent used one they will still give you three images of your own choice so you really cannot loose can you? You will find a fabulous choice here on their website The Paper Shelter so its worth a browse and you will be able to pick up some really good value goodies which are of special offer.
Anyway here is my card for this Challenge


This little miss is titled "Back to School" and you will find her here, I printed her onto white card then used my copic pens and then cut her out completely. The base card is a 6"x 6" white card and the first mount is in beige card, and I have also used the background paper that comes with this image and you will also find that here.
I then pulled a piece from a notebook and tore the bottom of and placed it towards the right, and then on top I have placed my cut out image in the middle. I then printed the sentiment on my computer and cut it out and then placed it on a scalloped edged die cut circle and place in the top left hand corner.
The final flourish I used some buttons and placed them down the right hand side to finish if of.
Now that you have seen my card I do hope that you will pay a visit to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot and see what the rest of the very talented design team have created for your inspiration and hopefully you to will want to take part in this "Back to School" Challenge.
This Card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://copicmarkereurope.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/dlart-thankful-thursday-challenge-139.html
http://milkcoffeechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Friday, 15 August 2014

ABC Challenges - "R is for Ribbon, Roses and Red"

Good Morning Crafters, can you tell me where the weeks go? its amazing how quickly these days go by and now we are on our second Challenge over on the ABC Challenge Blogspot for September and this one is all about the letter "R" and its for "Ribbon, Roses and the colour Red" and we are so lucky to be sponsored this time by Mitzi of Aurora Wings

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AuroraWings?ref=l2-shopheader-name

mariannedesign.nl

And for my card I decided you use this gorgeous image


her name is "Leanne's Angel" and you will find her here, I printed her onto white card before colouring her with my copic pens, afterwards I used Nestabilite Die Labels 8 to cut her out and a fancy one for the mount our of pink pearlescent card. I also did a similar thing with the sentiment which was stamped onto white card and a smaller die from the same Labels 8 set to cut it out and make a mount for it.
The base card is a 7"x 7" white card with a first mount of the same pink pearlescent card, the paper is from Sweetshoppe Designs Digi "Once upon a Time" paper set, a very pretty pink patterned paper, then around the center I have wrapped a white pink satin ribbon and attached it to the back of the first mount.
I then used several different sized roses and created a spray down the top left hand side of the card and stuck them to the card with silicone glue on top of punched out rose leaves.
Now that youve seen my card I do hope that you will pay a visit to the ABC Challenge Blogspot and see what the rest of the Design Team has created for your inspiration and hopefully you to will want to take part in this "R is for Ribbon, Roses and Red" Challenge and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Challenge #169 - "Punches and Dies" - The Paper Shelter

Good Morning Fellow Crafters Ive been so busy over the last 3 weeks that I dont know if Im on my head or my heals, firstly I had my grandsons Daniel and Oliver to stay for a week, and no sooner had they gone home when I had 6 samples to create for my friend Sarah Hallam of Peerless Designs ready for her showcase TV program on Create and Craft in September so I really wanted to get ahead before going a way last weekend and that was to the Great Craft Show at Stoneleigh Park, Im so glad we went Saturday and not Sunday as the weather on Sunday was dreadful we experienced it coming back from Northampton and its not one I would like to do again.
As I told you back in May that I had a problem with my left eye, now unfortunately the same problem has occured in my right, its called PVD which means the jelly thats attached to the back of your eye "the retina" has become detached and floats around in your eye, but the problem with this right eye was it tore a hole as it became detached, I have now got to wait till Wednesday (today) to discover whether it has taken as it had to be lasered back in place and sometimes it causes the whole retina to become detached and as you can guess more problems.
Well this isnt getting my card posted so I had better pull my finger out and get a move on, this weeks Challenge over on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot is all about using "Punches and Dies" on your card and as always our very generous sponsors are Veronica and Pedro of The Paper Shelter

http://www.thepapershelter.com/

And they are offering a fabulous prize of $30 to spend on their website providing you have used one of their products on your card, but even if you havent and you are chosen by Random Org you will still receive 3 digi images of your own choice, you really cannot loose can you?
Anyway here is the card I have made for this particular Challenge, hope you like the result.


This little sweetie is "Si Belle" and you will find her here, I have printed her of and then coloured her with my copic pens before cutting her out with one of my rectangle Nestabilitie Dies, and used a larger one for the mount out of red card.
I have also used the backing paper that came with this image and again you will then here, I have used just the one paper and mounted it on a piece of red card, and afterwards used a piece of pink card and a Martha Steward Lace Border punch to create the border at the top of my card. I then used a Marianne die to cut out the Eiffel Tower and placed in the bottom left hand corner, and in the bottom right I have cut a Tattered Lace Rose die and stuck it there.
I then placed my mounted image in the center and printed a sentiment of from my computer and placed it in the bottom right hand corner, and the final finish is the spotted ribbon bow in the top left hand corner.
Now that youve seen my Card I do hope that you will pay a visit to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot and see what the rest of my very talented Design Team have created for your inspiration and hopefully you to will want to take part in this "Punches and Dies" Challenge.
This card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://fattastictuesday.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop



Creative Blog Hop

I’ve been asked by my very dear friend Elaine to join in with the Creative Bloggers hop. It’s a continuous Hop Every Monday with a host of Different Inspirational Bloggers taking part each week.

Elaine and I are great friends and I can’t remember when I first met her but it would have been through our blogs, and over time we have come to know each other a lot more and last year I even managed a visit to her home to meet her face to face and her husband Phil, who’s a great photographer and their very handsome son Hal. Elaine is so brilliantly talented and her cards are so beautiful and stunning and shes such a inspiration to us all. And it’s been a great pleasure not only knowing her personally but also having such a wonderful friend as well and being able to chat by email and talk over things that are going on in our lives, and to let you into a secret I call her my adopted daughter.

                                    What am I working on?

I’m just about to make a start on some samples for another of my friends Sarah Hallam of Peerless Design’s, she is due to have a preview programme on Create and Craft in September with her brand new Tangletastic CD and I am looking forward to playing with all the new images she has created on it.

                  How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I suppose I am rather one of the old style card creators, firstly I like to find an image to use and then colour it with the colours that I feel look right for it.  I also like to have several layers/mounts and try to use different papers for them and layer them up to give the card depth. I also use my dies and punches if at all possible, and my greatest loves are flowers and ribbons and will try to incorporate them on my girly cards as much as possible. Though if it’s a clean and simple card I will just use a ribbon and probably a embossing folder. And the one thing that I will strive to find is a good sentiment and have been known to google my theme to find one that’s appropriate.

                           Why do I write/create what I do?

Often the reason I create cards is firstly because as I’m on three Design Teams and I have cards to make for the coming Challenges, the themes are chosen for me and I will then have to decide what I feel is the right image, paper and design for that card or project.  I must also admit that I do look around at other peoples designs to give me ideas and see what the “in” thing is at the moment and try and then create my own design from them, and I must admit that I always colour my image first and then look for papers that look best and appropriate to go with it, and of course then comes the Challenge to plan a card design with them.

Now its time to pick three bloggers that inspire me, unfortunately I have been unable to find anyone to carry on the blog hop post but I do have several wonderful crafters that I would like to showcase who I have found extremely inspirational to me, and they are firstly Heidy, who’s colouring is out of this world and one beautiful person who I worked with her as a Guest Designer on one of the Challenge Blogs, Marie, who I co-run as Design Team Leaders for The Paper Shelter, she works so hard and is a beautiful and stunning card creator even though shes not always in the best of health and Lorraine, whos one very beautiful and stunning card creator, I have worked with her on several Design Teams and have not only found a wonderful friend but also someone you can depend on in a emergency as she’s always willing to step in when needed. I do have several other very talented blogger friends who inspire me all the time and they are Marianne, Tracy, Julie, Gail and Patty Sue.
 I sincerely hope you will forgive me for not being able to carry on the Bloggers Hop but anyone of these beautiful crafters is worth following as their work is just stunning and they are such wonderful friends as well.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Challenge #125 - "Embossing" - Pink Gem Designs

Good Morning Craters, well its been a busy week for me, and Im having to schedule this Challenge well in advance as at the moment I have my two grandsons staying with me and I am unable to access my desktop computer so I hope you will forgive me for doing this.


This fortnights Challenge over on A Gem of a Challenge - Pink Gem Designs is "Embossing" and this means any kind is acceptable either dry of wet and for my card I have used this sweet image


This gorgeous image is "Chloe with a Kitten" you will find her here, and I have printed her onto white card then used my copic pens to colour her, then cut her out with my oval die, and mounted her onto a very pretty mount cut with the Wild Rose Dies, and I also used their stamp and die for the sentiment.
The base card is a 6"x 6" white card with a first mount of green card and the papers are from Pink Gems "Sugar and Spice" digi papers and you will find them here, I have used three of them the first is a green one and the second and third I have used a heart border punch along the edges, and these were layered up and stuck on top of the first layer.
I then used a border strip embossing folder and a piece of the same green card as the mount and embossed it and stuck if down the side on the left. Afterward I placed my mounted image in the middle of the card with the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner.
To finish of I have used several colours of carnation flwoers and two pearl sprays and placed them in the top left hand corner on top of some punched out leaves.
Now that youve seen my Card I do hope that you will pay a visit to the Pink Gem Challenge Blogpot and see what the rest of the very talented Design Team have created for your inspiration and hopefully you to will want to take part in this "Embossing" Challenge.
This Card is to be entered in the following Challenges:-
http://agirlwhocraftschalengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://animalfriendschallenge.blogspot.de/ 
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://diesruschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://doodlepantryblog.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/DPDC 
http://memascrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ 
http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Friday, 1 August 2014

ABC Challenge - "Q is for Quote"

This is the first of my pre scheduled cards as at the moment I have my grandsons staying and I am unable to get to my desktop computer so have to write this up well in advance of the Challenge, so if you find any mistakes I can only apologise and correct them once I have regained my craft room from the 3rd.
Anyway another month has flown by and over at ABC Challenge Blogspot we have reached the letter "Q" and this time we want to see "Q is for Quote" so do please make sure you have one on your card.
And this time we are being sponsored by Sherri Baldy

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SherriBaldy?section_id=10411570

and she is offering a fabulous prize of

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SherriBaldy?section_id=10411570

And we were lucky enough to be offered several images to play with, but I chose to use one from my stash.


This little sweetie is called "Dafodilly" and you will find her here, I have pritned her onto white card then coloured her with my copic pens before cutting her out with my Wild Rose Die. The sentiment is one from my stash and this was then stamped onto white card and mounted onto a piece of the pink card.
The base card is a 6"x 6" white card with a first mount of pink card and the papers I have chosen to use are from Sweetshoppes "Friends Forever" digi paper set, and I have used three papers, the first is a pink background with bows on and the second is a floural one and the third a green leaf pattern on it. I have mounted them as shown.
I then placed my mounted image towards the left and placed my sentiment in the bottom right hand corner, and the final flourish is the gem swirl thats been placed down the right handside.
Now that youve seen my Card I do hope that you will pay a visit to ABC Challenge Blogspot and see what the rest of the very talented Design Team have created for your inspiration and hopefully you to will take part in is "Q is for Quote" Challenge.